WOMEN BOSSES IN ENTERTAINMENT
Over the last twenty years, Black women have been making waves in the entertainment industry. From music and acting to writing and producing behind the scenes, these Black bosses continue to widen the space for other women of color in the field.
Angela Bassett: Angela Bassett is an actress, director, producer, and activist, known for representing strong African American women in the many productions she’s been in, such as “What’s Love Got to Do with It”, “The Rosa Parks Story”, “How Stella Got Her Groove Back”, and “Black Panther”. She’s also been in prominent shows like “9-1-1” and “American Horror Story”.
Ava Marie DuVernay: This African American filmmaker has paved the way for many, being the first Black film director to be nominated for a Golden Globe. She was also the first Black female filmmaker to win an award for her directing at the Sundance Film Festival.
Beyoncé: Most known for her profound vocals in her music, Beyoncé is the most nominated and second-most awarded female in Grammy history. The star founded Parkwood Entertainment in 2010, a company that caters to music, film, and entertainment. She served as the director, writer, and producer for the film and visual album, Black Is King, which released on Disney+ at the end of July.
Rihanna: The Barbadian singer and songwriter began her career in the music industry, winning 7 MTV Video Music Awards, 8 Billboard Music Awards, 9 Grammys, and 13 American Music Awards. The businesswoman ventured into the beauty community with Fenty Beauty in 2017, followed by the popular lingerie line, Savage X Fenty in 2019.
Shonda Rhimes: The TV producer is best known for being the creator, head writer and executive producer of several hit series, such as “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Private Practice”, and “Scandal”. She also produced “How to Get Away with Murder” starring another boss, Viola Davis. The producer has won several awards, such as a Golden Globe for Outstanding Television Drama and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing in a Dramatic Series, to name a few.
Zendaya: The actress and singer recently made history, being the youngest actress to win an Emmy for Best Lead Actress for her role in the HBO series, “Euphoria”. The actress is also set to appear in “Dune”, a sci-fi thriller releasing this December.
These Black women continue to trail-blaze in the entertainment industry, making history with their profuse accolades.